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Natural8 2020 WSOP Online Hands of the Week: Negreanu vs. Hellmuth & Bad Beat for Leng

Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth

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The 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) online bracelet events are running now through September 6th. The series is comprised of 85 WSOP gold bracelets on the digital felt across two different clients: WSOP.com and GG Poker.

Each week, we’ll highlight a “Hand(s) of the Week,” which very well could include bad beats, lucky suck outs, and game-changing swings. In the first week of the 2020 WSOP online series, we shared two big hands played by

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Negreanu vs. Hellmuth

Who doesn’t like it when two legends of the game are at the same table? That was the case in Event #20: $500 PLO 6-Handed when Daniel “DNegs” Negreanu and Phil “Lumestackin” Hellmuth were playing together in the money.

In Level 18 (2,500/5,000), Negreanu raised to 10,000 under the gun and Hellmuth three-bet all in for 29,937 next to act. Action folded back to the six-time bracelet winner and he called to put the 15-time bracelet winner at risk.

Daniel "DNegs" Negreanu: {8-Spades}{4-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}
Phil "Lumestackin" Hellmuth: {q-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{10-Spades}

Hellmuth got it in while Negreanu was looking for low to middle cards. The {7-Clubs}{a-Spades}{j-Diamonds} flop kept the "Poker Brat" firmly in the lead, but the {4-Clubs} turn made things interesting by giving Negreanu a pair and wrap. The {3-Spades} river gave Negreanu the nuts and Hellmuth was ousted in 95th place for $920.97.

It wasn’t a game-changing hand per se, but it’s definitely one Negreanu can hold over Hellmuth all summer long.

Leng Flops the Nuts But Doesn’t Win

Ryan Leng

Event #24: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed ended in a slobber knocker heads-up match between Nick “samadhi” Binger and Ryan “Adoptt_aDogg0” Leng, both of who were seeking their second gold bracelets. While that back-and-forth match ultimately saw Binger prevail, it was a hand during three-handed play that was the real heartbreaker.

It took place in Level 43 (160,000/320,000/40,000) with Leng holding a little over 18 million and Binger 13 million. Trailing further behind was Philip “eric_shun” Beesley with 5 million.

It began when Binger raised to 980,000 from the small blind and Leng called from the big blind to see a {7-Spades}{5-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} flop. Binger bet 1,040,000 and then called when Leng raised to 2,666,669. When the {6-Spades} appeared on the turn, Binger checked and then called a bet of 3,503,500 from Leng.

The {8-Diamonds} river put a straight on the board and Binger checked. Leng moved all in and Binger called off for 5,805,945.

Ryan "Adopt_aDogg0" Leng: {6-Diamonds}{8-Spades}
Nick “samadhi” Binger: {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}

Leng had flopped the nuts but the unlucky runner-runner six and eight meant the two players were destined to chop. Given how Binger had been playing up to that point, it wasn’t a stretch to imagine he would’ve paid off had the river been a brick. In a different world where that had been the case, Leng would’ve taken a huge chip lead into heads-up play against Beesley.

Instead, Binger survived and went on to ship the tournament while Leng surely lamented his bad luck in this hand.

Ryan Leng Bad Beat Hand
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“RampageP” Scores Double Elimination at Final Table

In Event #26:$500 NLH Grande Finale, Ethan “RampageP” Yau kept the masses entertained as he streamed his way to a WSOP gold bracelet. A self-described $1-$3 player who often loses, a lot of hands Yau played proved both compelling and on the luckier side of things.

Case in point, an early hand at the final table that took place in Level 40 (100,000/200,000/25,000). It began with Michael "Mike91680" Guzzardi moving all in for 1,877,652 from early position and Yau calling from the cutoff. Joon "jykpoker" Kim then moved all in for 2,621,472 from the big blind and Yau called.

Michael "Mike91680" Guzzardi: {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}
Ethan "RampageP" Yau: {a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}
Joon "jykpoker" Kim: {k-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}

The {10-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} kept Guzzardi in the lead, but the running {4-Diamonds} turn and {q-Diamonds} river gave Yau the diamond flush to score the double knockout. You can watch the hand in the long stream below at the 7:22:45 mark.

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